24 Mar Jacksonville dentist offers information for troubled times
Many areas of uncertainty remain for people dealing with the Coronavirus pandemic on the “real life” level as we all constantly hear the news coverage about the situation. It’s possible that you are wondering how dental care fits into the picture.
There is a great deal of confusion about various forms of health care. In light of this, Jacksonville dentist Jose Arauz, D.M.D., posted information about the way his office is handling dental needs on his website while the Coronavirus continues to be a pandemic.
The office says that Dr. Arauz will only be providing emergency dental treatment. The website seems to imply that Dr. Arauz will consider treating urgent care needs as well. Elective and preventative procedures are postponed until further notice.
Dental emergencies are life-threatening situations such as continuous tissue bleeding and severe pain or infection.
The following situations qualify in the emergency category.
- Uncontrolled bleeding
- Cellulitis or a diffuse bacterial infection of soft tissue – this may include intra-oral or extra-oral swelling that can compromise a patient’s airway
- Trauma involving facial bones that could compromise a patient’s airway
Additionally, urgent dental treatment involves the management of conditions calling for immediate attention. This treatment includes the following conditions.
- Tooth fracture resulting in pain or producing soft tissue trauma
- Dental trauma
- Surgical post-operative osteitis, dry socket dressing changes
- Pericoronitis or third-molar pain. Pericoronitis is inflammation of the soft tissues around the crown of a partially erupted tooth
- Abscess or localized bacterial infection causing swelling and pain
- Tooth pulp inflammation resulting in severe pain
- Necessary dental treatment before critical medical procedures
- Final crown/bridge cementation if the temporary restoration has been lost, broken or is causing gum irritation
- Extensive dental decay or defective restorations causing pain
- Suture removal
- Denture adjustment for oncology patients requiring radiation
- Replacement of a temporary filling when a patient is experiencing pain.
The American Dental Association (ADA) has issued these standards related to COVID-19. Other conditions may require urgent care as well. Anyone with questions or concerns should call the office at (910) 577-1315.
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